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Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Who needs MP3 when you have Capsule FM


So maybe you can’t live without your 60GB iPod and your days and days’ worth of audio files, but that shouldn’t necessarily deter you from considering this nifty little FM radio. Okay, maybe it would, but that’s beside the point. David Turpin is known for his creative designs, and the Capsule FM Radio is one of his latest creations. It ...

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Backup data and play music with Sanho Hyperdrive Mini


This may be of some particular interest to all your shutterbugs out there, Sanho (no, that’s not a typo…even though their logos are nearly identical as well) has recently announced their new HyperDrive Mini. It’ll take almost any kind of memory card you throw at it, and store all your juicy photographs, videos, music, or whatever other data you might ...

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IOCELL combines flash drive with VoIP


Some may even call flash drives necessities these days, carrying around fairly substantial amounts of data in such tiny packages. Well, South Korea’s IOCELL has revealed their new PhoneDrive, combining a flash drive with a VoIP headset. The company has announced that the new gadget will be made available to the Korean market, as well as overseas. Incorporating IOCELL’s unique ...

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Answer Bluetooth calls with Altgen’s PAN-300VT MP3 player


With a plethora of cell phones on the market that double as MP3 players, Altgen has taken an equivalent but opposite approach with its new PAN-300VT. The audio player communicates via Bluetooth with your mobile phone, so that you can not only receive calls through the MP3 player, but making use of voice-activated dialing (for example), you can also make ...

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More Revolution details surface, including price


IGN has revealed more information on Nintendo’s next-generation gaming console, from technical details (like RAM and CPU speed) to a proposed price point. Nintendo has always prided itself in not necessarily providing the most powerful machine, but rather focusing on innovating the industry and (pardon the pun) revolutionizing the world of gaming. An official statement from Nintendo says that the ...

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Nokia’s Blackberry-esque E61


The first impression that most people have of the Nokia E61 is that it looks just like a Blackberry. Teetering in between the realms of a smartphone and a PDA, the E61 runs off of the growing-in-popularity Symbian OS 9.1. The screen is a standard 240×320 landscape, more than adequate for your quick SMS and email needs. All the regular ...

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GPS VZ Navigator service now offered by Verizon Wireless


Verizon Wireless is joining the GPS party already attended by Sprint/Nextel, with the launch of its new GPS VZ Navigator service. Verizon has teamed up with Networks in Motion, making use of the company’s AtlasBook software. Using cell phone towers to triangulate your approximate position, your phone then connects to GPS satellites for more precise location information. Then, Nateq maps ...

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Solid Alliance releases meh-worthy USB memory stick


You’d expect better from a company that creatively designed USB memory sticks that were shaped like sushi, tempura pieces, miniature helmets, thumbs and sake bottles. Unfortunately, Solid Alliance’s latest product is a generic-looking (some say ugly) USB flash drive, and worse yet, it doesn’t even have MP3 playback capability. What the Eleve LI 1000 does have is a monochromatic dot-matrix ...

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Samsung and LG to experience huge growth


Motorola and Nokia may be the giants in the industry, but Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics aren’t about to throw in the towel. Quite the contrary, a Korean brokerage firm is predicting that Samsung’s handset shipment will grow to over 120 million units next year, a 17.6% growth from this year. And LG, the world’s fourth largest mobile handset maker ...

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Mamiya ZD 22-megapixel DSLR ships in Japan


So, you think you’re hot stuff with your 10 or maybe even 12 megapixel camera? Pfft, you got nothing on Mamiya’s new ZD DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex), sporting a whooping 22-megapixel CCD imaging sensor. Yes, you read right, twenty-two megapixels. Mamiya announced this camera over a year ago, and now it’s finally going to be available. Mamiya is already ...

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Cingular announces LG F7200 with Push-To-Talk


To coincide with their recently launched Push-to-Talk (PTT) service, Cingular has announced that it will be carrying the new LG F7200. The slightly chubby slider phone allows for simple, two-way walkie-talkie capabilities, and comes with a number of standard features like a full 65K color TFT LCD screen, speakerphone, and enhanced messaging services. The dual-band (850/1900 MHz) phone comes with ...

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Got a camera phone? Get a lens


Sure, camera phones these days are giving far better quality pictures than they have in the past, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a photographer who actually takes their camera phone pics seriously enough to want to implement different lenses. Nonetheless, according to Gizmodo’s technology news site, some Japanese company is now making conversion lenses for your mobile phone ...

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Mobile phone that prints by Polaroid?


The company that brought us instant photo development in the palm of our hands, just might be implementing the same technology into the rapidly growing mobile phone industry. Although far from being confirmed, information and pictures have leaked out on the internet showing a Polaroid cellular phone with an integrated digicam and instant photo printer. Currently referred to as the ...

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Motorola RAZR V3c finds its way to Verizon Wireless


The CDMA version of Motorola’s RAZR V3 will hit Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on December 12, just in time for some good holiday shopping. The EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) ready phone looks just like its GSM cousins, sporting a super sleek thin flip phone design. What sets this particular incarnation apart is that it comes equipped with Verizon’s V CAST multimedia ...

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Virtu Motorsport phone run over by Boxster


Ever wonder about the truth behind the outlandish marketing claims that companies make sometimes? Well, Vertu Ascent Motorsport has a limited edition cell phone that they claim “can withstand being run over by the very F1 Porsche the design was inspired from.” Well, the people at NY Times had a chance to try to call their bluff, except they drove ...

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